SOROH, Rear Admiral Nelson Bossman

OFR, MFR; DC, FSS; ; retired naval officer, businessman, administrator; b:February 15, 1928; p: Nsukka; hUTungbo; Iga: Sagbama; so: Bayelsa; m: Eti dora Fani, December 20, 1951; nc: Eight s, Eight d; ed: Salvation Army Central School, Lagos, l938-44;cosmopolitan Institute , Lagos, 1944-46; Pri vate Studies for Senior Cambridge Certificate, 1946-49; Wolcscy Hall College by correspondent, 1947-48; College of Navigation, Liver pool, College of Tec\\no\ogy, \955-56; Royal Navy Sea Training , 1958-59, 1962-63; Imperial Defence College, London, 1968; cr: Officer in various palm line ships, 1957-58; Sub-Lieutenant ,Royal Nigerian Navy, 1958; Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer Commanding N.N.S Kaduna, Nigeria First Flag ship, 1960; Snr. Officer East Patrol and Commanding Officer N.N.S Challenger, 1961; promoted Com mander and appointed Commanding Officer, N.N.S Ogoja, Hol land,1963; Commanding Officer, N.N.S Nigeria Flagship, 1964-67; promoted Captain and appointed Captain commanding Nigerian Flo tilla, Commanding Officer, N.N.S Nigera, 1966-67; Chief of Staff, Naval Headquarters, 1967, Captain N.N.S Beecroft and Naval Of ficer in Charge of Lagos command,1969; promoted Rear Admiral and appointed Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, 1971; Deputy chief of Naval Staff, 1971; chief of Naval Staff, 1973; Retired from active Naval Service, 1975; Private Business since 1976; Special Adviser , Security .matters to the Rivers State Government 1979-83; mm. Imperial Defence College, 1968; h: first Black African to Sail a Ship from Europe to Africa; First Nigerian to serve in the Royal Navy as an Officer; First Balck African to command Warships; mm. Order of the Federal Republic, 1965;Officcr of the Order of the Re public, 1980; fli. Grand Commander; tt: Subolo kekereowei of Tungbo; Abadeala of Kabuowei Kingdom; hob: photography; res: 11, Bendel Close, Off Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island,Lagos; tel: 01- 2621471
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